• How a Chemical Peel Improves Your Skin Tone

    Chemical peels are an effective way to improve your skin tone, texture, and overall appearance. Dermatologists also recommend them to reduce the appearance of scars and areas of hyperpigmentation. You can learn more about chemical peels by watching the accompanying video. 

    It only takes about 30 minutes to get a peel. Depending on the depth of peel you choose, you may resume your normal activities afterward, or you might take a few days off work to let your skin heal. 

    Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology performs glycolic acid, salicylic acid, Jessner’s solution, and TCA chemical peels in Salt Lake City. Call our dermatology office today at (801) 266-8841 to request our next available appointment. 

  • FAQs About Folliculitis

    Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition of the skin. Since folliculitis looks much like pimples, it’s difficult for a patient to self-diagnose. If you think you might have a skin condition, it’s best to visit an experienced dermatologist. He or she can confirm the diagnosis and prescribe the medications to treat folliculitis. 

    What causes folliculitis? 

    Most often, folliculitis is caused by a skin infection of staph bacteria. Fungi and viruses can also cause it. The infection causes the hair follicles to become inflamed. It’s also possible for the infection to spread. Certain risk factors may increase the likelihood of developing folliculitis. These include: 

    • Having a medical condition that negatively affects the immune system 
    • Having dermatitis or acne 
    • Wearing tight clothing or items that trap heat and sweat 
    • Soaking in a poorly maintained hot tub 
    • Having curly hair and shaving 

    What does folliculitis look like? 

    There are different types of folliculitis, but it’s generally described as looking like a cluster of small, red bumps or pimples. If the infection spreads beyond the hair follicle, folliculitis can cause pus-filled blisters to form. These may break open develop a crust. Folliculitis can also be itchy, causing tender, painful skin. 

    How can my dermatologist treat folliculitis? 

    This depends on how severe your condition is. For mild cases of dermatitis, patients can get good results with antibiotic creams, lotions, or gels that are applied directly to the skin. If your infection recurs or is more severe, your dermatologist may prescribe an oral antibiotic—but only if the infection is caused by bacteria. If the skin condition is caused by a fungal infection, an antifungal cream or shampoo, or antifungal medications can treat it. In some cases, folliculitis resists even oral medications. Your dermatologist may recommend that you consider having laser hair removal to destroy the hair follicles and manage the condition. 

    Folliculitis is one of the many skin issues we treat here at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Call us at (801) 266-8841, and one of our board-certified dermatologists in Salt Lake City can give you an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan. While you’re here, be sure to check out our approved skin care products! 

  • Ditch Your Double Chin with Kybella

    A double chin can be among the most frustrating cosmetic issues since it doesn’t typically respond to diet and exercise. Plenty of people who are within a healthy weight range have double chins. If you’re fed up with yours, it’s time to consider speaking with a dermatologist about Kybella. Kybella is a minimally invasive treatment that injects an FDA-approved substance directly into the submental fat. 

    The injected medication works by breaking up the fat cells. The body will then process the fat cells and naturally expel them over time. Since the body doesn’t acquire new fat cells, the effect is permanent. However, it’s important to note that the remaining fat cells can still grow larger, so be sure to follow your healthy diet and exercise routine to prevent your double chin from returning. 

    You can speak with a board-certified dermatologist about getting rid of your double chin when you make an appointment at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Call our dermatology clinic in Salt Lake City at (801) 266-8841. 

  • A Look at the Common Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments of Acne in Adulthood

    Acne is often thought of as a problem that only teenagers deal with, but the truth is that millions of adults suffer from acne each year. Adult acne can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance in the workplace and in social settings, but a dermatologist can provide options to treat acne, even in adulthood. Continue reading for an overview of what causes acne in adulthood and what can be done to treat it. 

    Symptoms 

    Acne can take a few different forms, each of which causes different symptoms. Blackheads are open clogged pores that look like black dots, while whiteheads are closed clogged pores that take on an enlarged, whitish appearance. Papules are small red bumps, which can be classified as pimples if they become filled with pus. Nodules are another type of acne and form large lumps beneath the surface of the skin, while cystic acne lesions are lumps that are filled with pus. 

    Causes 

    Hormonal fluctuations and excessive levels of androgen hormones are common causes of acne. Excess production of oil on the skin is another common cause, along with follicles that become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. Finally, bacteria on the surface of the skin can make its way into the pores, resulting in acne breakouts. 

    Treatments 

    The best treatment option for your acne will depend on the symptoms you experience. Your dermatologist will be able to diagnose the cause of your acne and recommend appropriate treatment options. Common treatments include topical medications that are applied to the affected skin, oral medications to treat cystic acne and nodules, and skin treatments performed by your dermatologist. Photodynamic therapy, facial treatments, and skin peels are common procedures used to treat adult acne. 

    Don’t let adult acne make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. At Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we offer a range of effective acne treatments, including topical treatments, prescription medications, and photodynamic therapy. We also offer treatments for acne scars. To schedule a consultation, call our Salt Lake City dermatologists’ office at (801) 266-8841 today.

  • Understanding How Pregnancy Affects the Skin

    Pregnancy is an event that brings on major changes throughout the body, including with the skin. While you may have heard of the “pregnancy glow,” that is not the only change that pregnancy may cause to your skin. Here is a look at how your skin may change throughout your pregnancy. 

    Mask of Pregnancy 

    The mask of pregnancy won’t do you any good on Halloween—this condition is also called melasma and results in dark spots that appear on the face. The areas of dark pigmentation may be splotchy and affect about half of all pregnant women. 

    Stretch Marks 

    As your abdomen expands to hold your growing baby, your skin will stretch out to accommodate this change. Stretch marks may form as a result, appearing as pink, red, or white streaks on the skin. Since the breasts also grow rapidly during pregnancy, they may be affected by stretch marks as well. 

    Acne 

    One of the common causes behind acne is hormonal changes, which can cause an increase in your skin’s oil production. As your hormonal levels fluctuate during pregnancy, you may notice that your skin breaks out as a result. If you already experience acne, it may become worse during pregnancy. 

    Spider and Varicose Veins 

    During pregnancy, there will be more blood in your body than usual, since some of your blood flow will be going to your growing baby. This can put excess pressure on the valves in your veins that keep blood flowing in the right direction. If the blood flows backward through a valve, it can pool and cause the vein to expand, resulting in a spider vein or varicose vein. 

    Darkening of the Skin 

    It is common for skin pigment to darken due to the hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy. This may be especially noticeable on areas of the skin that already have darker pigment, such as moles and freckles. 

    If you are concerned about spider veins, stretch marks, acne, or other common skin changes that occur during pregnancy, Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is ready to help. Our team of skin care specialists can diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions. To schedule an appointment at our dermatology office in Salt Lake City, call (801) 266-8841 today. 

  • Treating Fine Lines with Belotero

    Fine lines develop naturally over time, especially around areas of the face that move often, such as the lips. Belotero is an injectable filler that your dermatologist can use to improve the appearance of fine lines. 

    Belotero is an ultra-fine dermal filler, making it ideal for sensitive areas like the skin around the lips. This anti-aging treatment provides results that look natural and last for about nine months. It is a safe treatment that is well-tolerated by patients. Belotero consists of hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the skin, but is depleted with time. By restoring lost hyaluronic acid, Belotero is able to provide a smoother, more youthful appearance. 

    Would you like to learn more about Belotero or other cosmetic skin treatments? Call (801) 266-8841 to schedule a consultation at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. At our Salt Lake City dermatology office, we’re committed to helping all of our patients find the right services to effectively treat their skin concerns. 

  • How Sunscreen Can Help You Look Younger

    You know that sunscreen is important for preventing painful sunburns and life-threatening skin cancer, but you may not realize that wearing sunscreen every day can also have cosmetic benefits. Watch this video to find out how sunscreen can help keep your skin looking vibrant and youthful. 

    The UV rays in sunlight cause the collagen and elastin in the skin to break down more rapidly, resulting in skin with a lower elasticity that will begin to fold into lines and wrinkles. By wearing sunscreen every day—even when it is cloudy outside—you can help to keep your skin healthy and beautiful. 

    If you want to find out more about the best ways to care for your skin, schedule an appointment with Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City. We can provide anti-aging skin treatments to help you look and feel your best. Contact us at (801) 266-8841 for more information. 

     

  • What You Need to Know About Athlete’s Foot

    Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection. It is highly contagious and easily spread in locker rooms, which is the reason for its name. If you have athlete’s foot or another fungal infection, see your dermatologist for treatment. Over-the-counter remedies may help relieve the symptoms but may not adequately treat the underlying infection, which can allow the infection to flare back up in the future. It is also important to see your dermatologist if you get athlete’s foot and have diabetes, as serious complications can occur.

    What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?

    Intense itching is one of the most common symptoms of athlete’s foot. It is usually most intense immediately after you remove your shoes and socks. A red rash between the toes that spreads across the foot is also common. The skin may initially look dry and scaly, causing athlete’s foot to be misdiagnosed as dry skin. In some cases, blisters may also develop.

    What causes athlete’s foot?

    Athlete’s foot is caused by exposure to an infectious fungus. Wearing damp socks and being in a humid environment encourages the fungus to grow. You can get athlete’s foot by walking on a surface that is infected with the fungus, including floors and towels. Often, people who get athlete’s foot get it from walking in public spaces, such as swimming pools and gym locker rooms, after someone who has it has already walked. You can spread athlete’s foot to other parts of your body if you touch the rash and then touch another area on your body.

    How is it treated?

    Over-the-counter antifungal treatments work in mild cases. However, you may need to see your dermatologist if your case is moderate to severe. Your doctor can prescribe prescription-strength medications that can eradicate the infection.

    Let the dermatologists at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology help you get relief from skin infections such as athlete’s foot. We offer comprehensive dermatology services, from anti-aging treatments to skin cancer screenings in Salt Lake City. Call (801) 266-8841 to make an appointment.

  • Signs You Should Call Your Dermatologist About a Mole

    Moles are extremely common, and in the vast majority of cases, they are completely innocent. However, sometimes, a mole can indicate that you have skin cancer. Skin cancer screenings are an important part of preventive healthcare. During these checks, if your dermatologist spots a mole that he or she thinks could be suspicious, he or she may recommend a biopsy. Between appointments with your doctor, you should keep an eye on your moles to detect any changes that would need to be checked by your dermatologist. Here are some of the signs that you should allow your dermatologist to evaluate a mole.

    Change in Size

    Most adults have at least one mole—and many have between 10 and 40 moles. In most cases, the size of these moles stays constant. However, in other instances, moles may suddenly increase in size. If this happens, consult with your dermatologist. This kind of change can occur in response to the growth of cancerous cells. If skin cancer is to blame, getting an early diagnosis allows treatments to be more effective.

    New Mole

    It is not uncommon for new moles to appear, but when they do, your dermatologist should evaluate them. Sometimes, a new mole appears as a result of melanoma, which needs to be diagnosed as early as possible. Your dermatologist can decide if your new mole is a cause for concern.

    Itching or Bleeding

    Moles typically don’t cause any kind of pain or discomfort. Cancerous changes in the skin can make moles become itchy or start to bleed. These symptoms can be caused by something as minor as dry skin or a skin infection, but since cancer can also be the cause, your dermatologist should check any mole in which this occurs.

    Skin cancer screenings are an important part of the skin care provided at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Make an appointment with a dermatologist in Salt Lake City for a screening or other skin care services by calling (801) 266-8841.

  • How Bellafill Reduces the Appearance of Acne Scars

    One of the most maddening parts of acne is that it can leave behind scarring long after breakouts have cleared up. When you’re undergoing treatment for acne, your dermatologist will help with skin care recommendations to reduce the risk of scars. When scars do occur, at last, there is a treatment to help: Bellafill.

    Bellafill is a dermal filler that is used to treat atrophic, distensible acne scars. These scars are the pitted type that leave the skin looking bumpy and damaged. Bellafill works by adding volume in the pitted portion of the scars to bring them up in line with the rest of the skin, creating a smoother appearance. It is the only approved treatment for this purpose and is recommended for patients 21 and older.

    If you’re frustrated by acne scarring, talk to your dermatologist Salt Lake City at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology to see if Bellafill is right for you. Make your appointment for a consultation by calling (801) 266-8941.

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